Age Restriction On Semi-Automatic Rifle Purchases Moving Through Washington Legislature
President Donald Trump has called on Congress to raise the minimum age to buy a rifle from 18 to 21. In Washington state, a proposal to do that passed a major legislative hurdle Thursday when it was voted through a powerful Senate committee.
The measure would also enhance background checks on purchases of military-style weapons.
Democratic Sen. David Frockt is the prime sponsor. He said these are modest gun control measures.
“Gotta be 21 to buy, gotta have the same background check you have to buy a handgun,” Frockt said. “I mean you tell people, you know, ‘You can buy an AR-15 and you don’t have to go through a local law enforcement check like you did if you bought the same pistol at the same store just down the counter.’ They look at you like you’re crazy. They don’t really realize that’s the case.”
Under this version of the proposal, people under 21 would be allowed to own semi-automatic rifles—they just can’t buy one. The measure also proposes ways to prevent mass shootings in schools including creating a system for students to report threats anonymously.
Lawmakers have until the scheduled end of the legislative session next week to pass any bills.
In 2013, eight Oregon sheriffs sent letters to the Obama administration saying they wouldn’t enforce new federal gun laws. Two years later, the state legislature passed a bill requiring background checks for private gun sales. And again, Oregon sheriffs dug in. So it was already a well-worn path when sheriffs in Washington and Colorado started making similar assertions earlier this year. Continue Reading In A Break From The Past, Oregon Sheriffs Change Their Approach To Gun Laws
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In November 2018, Washington voters approved a package of firearms restrictions, generally called I-1639. It raises the minimum age for buying semi-automatic rifles, tightens background checks and makes it a crime to fail to store a gun safely, if the gun ends up in the wrong hands. The restrictions have raised the ire of some county sheriffs. Continue Reading ‘My Plan Is Not To Enforce It.’ Washington Gun Law Highlights Constitutional Sheriffs Movement